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Tressi L. Cordaro

Washington, D.C. Region

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Tressi L. Cordaro is a Shareholder in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies.

Ms. Cordaro has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro’s approach to representing an employer cited by OSHA is to seek an efficient resolution of contested citations, reserving litigation as the option if the client’s business objectives cannot otherwise be achieved. As a result, she has secured OSHA withdrawals of citations without the need for litigation.

Ms. Cordaro’s unique experience with government agencies involved in OSHA enforcement enables her to provide employers with especially insightful guidance as to how regulators view OSHA compliance obligations, and evaluate contested cases.

Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. As the Commissioner’s chief counsel, Ms. Cordaro analyzed all cases presented to the OSHRC and advocated the Commissioner’s position during decisional meetings.

In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry. She has in-depth experience on technical issues including, in particular, issues related to cranes and derricks in construction.

Honors and Recognitions

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor's Exceptional Achievement Award for work done with Cranes & Derricks Negotiated Rulemaking (2005)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia

Published Works

  • "All Eyes on the Road," American Cranes & Transport (July 2011)
  • "Workplace Safety - MOSH & OSHA in 2011," Maryland State Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (Spring 2011)

Speeches and Presentations

  • Speaker, Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee – “OSHA Update” – Indianapolis (2013)
  • Speaker, U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission Judicial Conference – Significant Decisions (2012)
  • Speaker, Edison Electric Institute, Safety and Health Committee - "OSHA Update" – Albuquerque (2012)
  • Moderator, American Bar Association, OSH Law Midwinter Meeting – Significant Decisions (2012)
  • Speaker, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) – OSHA Fundamentals – What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know and Do Before, During, and After an OSHA Inspection (2011)
  • Speaker, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) – Crane & Rigging Workshop – Preparing for OSHA’s Recent Climate Change (2011)

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July 21, 2015
Inside OSHA Online

Tressi Cordaro Discusses OSHA's Policy Relating to Kinesiology Tape

July 21, 2015

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA's reversal of an earlier policy that classified the use of kinesiology tape as an OSHA recordable medical treatment in InsideOSHAOnline's "OSHA Backtracks on Medical Tape as Medical Treatment After Pressure From Sports Trainers." Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

July 21, 2015
Inside OSHA Online

Tressi Cordaro Comments on OSHA's Hazcom Enforcement Policy

July 21, 2015

Tressi Cordaro discusses OSHA's enforcement policy for the 2012 update to hazard communication standards in InsideOSHAOnline's "OSHA Clarifies Several Aspects of Hazcom Enforcement, But Policy Details Draw Concern." Subscription may be required to view article     Read More

April 7, 2015

Tressi Cordaro Comments on OSHA's Crane Operator Proposal

April 7, 2015

Jackson Lewis Shareholder Tressi Cordaro was quoted in the SHRM online article "OSHA Moves Forward with Crane Operator Proposal." View Article (subscription may be required) Read More

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May 4, 2015

The Heat is On: What Employers Can Do to Protect Employees from Heat-Related Illness

May 4, 2015

As a cold winter finally comes to an end, many of us look forward to summertime warmth. But sun and heat can spell danger for workers who are exposed to soaring temperatures and a rising heat index. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), thousands of workers in the United States get sick... Read More

March 6, 2015

OSHA Internal Memo Outlines Triage Process for Reported Fatalities, Injuries

March 6, 2015

Effective January 1, 2015, employers in states with federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration jurisdiction must report to OSHA all work-related fatalities (occurring within 30 days of a work-related incident) within 8 hours of learning of the fatality, and all work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses... Read More

September 16, 2014

OSHA Makes Significant Revisions to Injury and Illness Reporting Requirements

September 16, 2014

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released its final rule for Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements, revising the requirements for reporting work-related hospitalizations and requiring the reporting of all amputations and eye losses. Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational... Read More

Blog Posts by Tressi L. Cordaro

OSHA Extends Enforcement Date for Confined Spaces in Construction Standard
July 14, 2015

On May 4, 2015, OSHA published the Confined Spaces in Construction standard, 29 C.F.R 1926, Subpart AA.  The new standard is effective August 3, 2015.  Several interested stakeholders petitioned the agency for a delay in the August enforcement date citing the  need for additional time to train employees and obtain the necessary equipment Read More

OSHA Reverses Position on Kinesiology Tape as Medical Treatment
July 9, 2015

In an interpretation letter to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association dated July 6, 2015, OSHA reversed its earlier interpretation that the use of kinesiology tape is considered medical treatment for recordkeeping purposes. Late 2014, OSHA issued an interpretation letter to Ms. Read More

OSHA Compliance Officers Instructed to Collect Employer Data for Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order
June 15, 2015

Employers may soon find OSHA Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) asking for additional information during the course of an OSHA inspection. On July 31, 2014, the President signed Executive Order 13673 (Order): Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. Read More